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Activities near Ullswater

Great for Walking holidays, Rural or countryside holidays, Cycling holidays

How to get there

Access to Cumbria and Northumberland is a simple matter. Remember, help is always at hand, and the Booking Office (01768 892777) will provide any additional travel information required.

By Plane

At the time of going to press, the planned introduction of domestic flights from Luton Airport to Carlisle Airport during 2005 appears unlikely. Visitors therefore have only the option of flying to Manchester Airport or Newcastle Airport. Most visitors prefer to fly to Manchester, but Newcastle has a similar onward travel time of an hour and a half to the Lake District by road. Some of the large national car rental companies will arrange for car collection and return at the airport, if booked in advance. There are direct train services to Penrith and Carlisle from Manchester, and Carlisle from Newcastle. Other onward services from Manchester to Kendal and Windermere, or the coastal towns of West Cumbria, require a change at Oxenholme.

By Car

Cumbria is easily accessible from the M6 motorway, which gets you within a few miles' drive of the Lake District. Count on a driving time of five hours from London and the southeast, an hour and a half from Manchester or Newcastle, two and a half hours from Glasgow or Edinburgh. Where you come off the motorway depends upon your ultimate destination - for Keswick and Penrith, take junction 40; for Kendal and Windermere, take junction 38 (north) or 36 (south); for Cartmel and Ulverston, take junction 36. Once you leave the motorway, the nature of the roads and the summer traffic can slow you right down, so allow plenty of time if you're aiming for Central Lakeland, West Cumbria or the North Pennines. Local radio stations carry regular traffic and weather reports. Both the AA (www.theaa.co.uk) and RAC (www.rac.co.uk) have useful route-planning services. There are three useful tourist information offices on the M6: Cumbria Gateway at Lancaster Services between junctions 32 and 33; Killington Lake Services south of junction 37; and Southwaite Services between junctions 41 and 42.

National Car Rental Companies:

* Avis - www.avis.co.uk

* Budget - www.budget.co.uk

* Hertz - www.hertz.co.uk

* Holiday Autos - www.holidayautos.com

* Thrifty - www.thrifty.co.uk